Night Twenty Six….Pizza Pasta Casserole

So, even though it’s really similar to what we had two nights ago, Jake decided he wanted to try this one for dinner.  This is the first time I’ve made a pizza casserole and it actually tasted….pizza-ish.  Very interesting.  Anywho, this is a base recipe that I modified off the internet.



2 jars pasta sauce

3/4 box of Rotini pasta

3 cups Italian Blend shredded cheese

Meat of choice; we used 1 pound of regular Jimmy Dean Sausage and a package of real bacon bits.


Cook noodles and meat as directed on package.  Fill the bottom of a 13 x 9 pan with a thin layer of pasta sauce.  Add half of the rotini, and then half of the meat.  Add half of the remaining sauce, then the rest of the noodles.  Layer half the cheese, the rest of the meat, the rest of the sauce, and then the rest of the cheese.  Cover with aluminum foil and place in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.  Remove foil and let cook for 15 more minutes.  Remove from oven and let rest for at least ten minutes.  Slice and serve.


Is it a keeper? I think we’ll use this one again. 🙂  I’m pretty sure it would work as a freezer meal, although I haven’t tried it yet. It was very hearty, and I think you could play around with the fillings to make it more fun.

Messiness Factor-3 1/2 out of 5: The layers can get a bit messy, but they’re nothing even the most inexperienced cook couldn’t handle! 🙂



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